Surrey Art Gallery Exhibitions
Exhibitions in the Surrey Art Gallery are drawn from and respond to predominant activity in the contemporary art community. They bring into critical context works by diverse artists with shared concerns or respond to specific issues within culture or the surrounding community.
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Figuring Ground: Sylvia Grace Borda and Jeremy Herndl
September 21 to December 15
The vibrant, rapidly-shifting landscapes of Surrey and its region are featured in Figuring Ground: Sylvia Grace Borda and Jeremy Herndl. With an eye to Canada’s long venerable tradition of landscape art, these 2 artists present dynamically seductive pictures that capture often-overlooked spaces of habitation and labour in the contemporary edge city.
Borda repositions the modern practice of farming in the Surrey and Fraser Valley growing basin in the context of historical art vocabularies, and brings it into the foreground as a contemporary art subject through the use of photography and video.
Herndl’s oil paintings capture the emotionally charged, rapidly shifting environment of North Surrey where nature and the city, new and old architecture, transient and fixed cultures intersect.
Surrey Art Gallery acknowledges the financial support of the Province of BC, and Creative BC and BC Arts Council. Jeremy Herndl acknowledges project funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council.
Also learn about Sylvia Grace Borda's Aerial Fields project on view at the Surrey Urban Screen.
Fraser Valley Quilters' Guild
November 30 to February 9
Intricately crafted quilts incorporate embroidery, appliqué, thread painting, needle punch, beading, use of overlay fabrics, hand painted elements, and hand-dyed fabric. Themes range from natural images to creative explorations of patterns. The exhibit also includes preemie quilts, a special part of the Guild's community work.
Nancy Paterson: Stock Market Skirt
June 29 to December 8
Nancy Paterson’s kinetic installation is one of the first telerobotic sculptures totally interfaced with the Internet. The Stock Market Skirt’s hemline rises and falls according to stock prices streamed live from the Internet. Paterson’s installation thoughtfully and playfully brings together economics, technology, feminism, and art.
Open Sound 2013: Sound/Tract
Roy Caussy: Fen-song (Serpentine)
Located in the upper lobby of the Surrey Arts Centre, this new multi-media installation by Roy Caussy features sounds from Surrey's Serpentine Fen, a protected wildlife area.
Eric Paul: #gstbk
#gstbk is Delta-based artist Eric Paul’s interactive generative music installation that transforms guest comments from the Surrey Art Gallery's feedback board into a constantly evolving work of musical composition broadcast in the courtyard.
Ian Skedd: Whatever Is Contained Within Is Art, And Everything Else is Life
Presented in the Surrey Arts Centre’s lobby elevator, Ian Skedd’s new sound installation responds to genres of background music and soundtracks of public announcement.
Open Sound 2013: Sound/Tract presents sound art installations that explore and translate the interplay between text and information within the interior spaces of the Surrey Art Centre and Surrey Art Gallery and is guest curated by Debra Zhou. Open Sound is an exhibition program developed in 2008 to support the production and presentation of audio art forms as part of contemporary art practice.
How do Surrey's youth see their community?
The REMIXX.sur.RE exhibit uses
- 700 digital photos,
- 60 digital video and animation clips,
- text in 5 languages, and
- 260 audio clips,
created by Surrey youth. Its software engine produces hundreds of thousands of compositions from this database. These "remixes" are interactive, generated live-on the fly by the movement of visitors in the gallery.
REMIXX.sur.RE personalizes every visitor's visual and audio experience. The result is an extraordinary expression of diverse youth visions of the people and places of Surrey. It is an example of youth's engagement with technology, and shows how technology is affecting perceptions of the world.
REMIXX was youth led and youth driven, supported by a team of mentors. Over 100 youth from all of Surrey's communities contributed digital content to the project. Over the summer, the Gallery's TechLab became a hub of computers, conversation, emails, animating and coding, as the youth worked as artists in residence.
Learn more about REMIXX.sur.RE.
Robert Davidson: Supernatural Eye
November 28, 2013 into March 2015
Inspired by the many supernatural beings that dwell in Haida Gwaii, this large-scale aluminum sculpture’s graceful contours and bold colour combine the traditional visual iconography of Haida art with a contemporary aesthetic. The sculpture was commissioned by Polygon Homes, and is on exhibit at the Gallery until its permanent home is ready.
Sarindar Dhaliwal: Narratives from the Beyond
September 21 to December 15
The experience of migration affects not only how we remember our culture, but also how we recreate it in our new country. The process of relocating to a new homeland can influence our interpretation of symbols, and have a powerful impact on how we form and adapt our identities.
This exhibition explores questions about culture and memory in both personal and provocative ways. Featuring selections from 10 years of photography, sculpture, textile, and video, this survey showcases one of Canada’s most accomplished South Asian artists.
January 25 to March 23, 2014
In Mandarin ‘da bao’ refers to take-out food. This exhibition features a selection of over fifteen artists from both Canada and China who explore metaphoric, ironic, and humorous perspectives on the import and export of people, cultures, and ideas. Works of painting, photography, sculpture, installation, and video are inspired by cultural traditions of tai chi, shadow theatre, mushroom farming, and take-out food.
Curated by Shannon Anderson and Doug Lewis. Organized and circulated by the Varley Art Gallery of Markham.